Olson Lab

Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD United Kingdom

Parasitology International Top-Cited Article 2008-2010

We were pleased to hear that the paper “Hox genes and the parasitic flatworms: New opportunities, challenges and lessons from the free-living” (2008) was a Parasitology International Top-Cited Article within the period 2008-2010!

Species of the Day, October 17: Hymenolepis microstoma

Hymenolepis microstoma is today’s ‘Species of Day’: a Natural History Museum celebration of the Year of Biodiversity

Molecular Helminthology Conference in Hydra, Greece

Natasha and Magdalena will attend the 2010 Moleuclar and Cellular Biology of Helminth Parasites VI on the Greek island of Hydra, 5-10 September, and will present work on developing the model cestode Hymenolepis for research in the genomic era. See PHOTOS

The Hymenolepis genome and transcriptome
M Zarowiecki, A Sanchez-Flores, NN Pouchkina-Stantcheva, N Holroyd, M Berriman & PD Olson

Development of RNA interference in Hymenolepis
NN Pouchkina-Stantcheva & PD Olson

Euro Evo Devo 2010 - Paris

Pete recently attended the 2010 conference of the European Society of Evolutionary and Developmental Biology, held in Paris, France 6-9 July.

SynTax Award

We were pleased to hear of a recent SynTax award to support Magdalena Zarowiecki’s work on the Hymenolepis genome, together with Matt Berriman’s group at the Sanger Institute. This award will provide 9 months of bioinformatic training at a post-doctoral level, including initial assembly and annotation of the H. microstoma genome, development of custom scripts, and comparative and phylogenetic analyses of flatworms on a genome-wide scale.

Hymenolepis microstoma MicroRNAs

Jerome Hui and Matthew Ronshaugen (University of Manchester) have recently agreed to characterize the MicroRNAs of Hymenolepis microstoma for us! These short, interfering species of non-protein-coding RNA are post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression and their characterization will allow us to locate target sites in the genome, including those associated with the 3’ UTRs of the Hox genes.

Welcome Andreas!

Welcome to Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa (Universität Hamburg, Germany) who will arrive on Monday, March 15 along with his student, to begin work on the characterization of the neuroanatomy of Hymenolepis microstoma!

Parasite of the Day, January 13: Hymenolepis microstoma!

Hymenolepis microstoma featured today as the “parasite of the day” on Dr Susan Perkins’ (AMNH) Parasite Blog, illustrating parasite diversity during this Year of Biodiversity.
See: http://dailyparasite.blogspot.com/2010/01/january-13-hymenolepis-microstoma.html